Too many thoughts, too many distractions.

Have you ever tried to get to sleep, but find yourself constantly thinking about things, which prevents you from sleeping?

My bed is warm and cosy.  The curtains are closed and the room is dark - in the distance I can hear the radiator humming as hot water flows through it and my eyes feel heavy.

Just as I find myself drifting off to sleep, a wondering thought enters my mind and hangs there, waiting to be noticed.

... You need to call mum soon...

I try to ignore it, but its persistent - no matter how hard I try to block it off from reaching other parts of my mind, it is still there.  

With every attempt at ignoring it, it becomes bigger, stronger and more noticeable - it smashes through my walls that block it off and goes on a rampage around my mind.

That one tiny thought now wrecks havoc in my mind, unlocking other thoughts that I actively kept locked away, to not be entertained until the following morning.

Within moments, my mind is now full of thoughts.

... I need to buy another battery for my camera...
... Did I reply to that email from my friend?...
... I should buy that track I found on iTunes...
... Did I sent off the document to my supervisor yet?...
... Why does a ducks quack not echo?...
... I wonder if that cute girl will be at the checkout tomorrow?...

... I should try and get her number...
... I really need to get my presentation sorted...
... Maybe I should try and repair that working electrode tomorrow before I bin it...


An untuned orchestra is now playing its symphony within my head - chaos has emerged from what was order and my head begins to ache with the thoughts running chaos in my mind.

I sit up and try and focus on getting each and every thought back into its cage; making sure its locked until it can be released the following morning for me to tackle it.  Minute by minute, gradually order regains its reign.  Silence floods in and calmness makes it appearance.

As I lay my head back down onto my pillow, I sigh with relief that I can go back to sleep and face those chaotic thoughts in the morning.  

For this night, I will get a decent night's sleep...

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